Derry art student ‘overwhelmed’ by Downing Street reception for COP26


A student from Derry recently had the opportunity to present her work in a very exclusive setting after staying at 10 Downing Street.

Alex Patterson from Foyle College was invited to 10 Downing Street to present his award-winning work Creative Earth at a special reception

After winning her age group in the Creative Earth art competition with her work titled “Mother Earth,” 14-year-old Alex was invited to the discussions at COP26 and her works were to be shown and exhibited to world leaders.



Alex Patterson, student at Foyle College, outside 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson exhibited his winning artwork in the Terracotta Hall and Alex also traveled to Glasgow to see the COP26 talks in action

Alex gave the Prime Minister a watercolor of Downing Street, which he really liked and which will be displayed in his office.



Derry student Alex Patterson’s Creative Earth winning piece, “Mother Earth”

Alex said: “The Downing Street experience has been quite overwhelming. I was delighted to be a part of COP26, stressing the importance of our shared global responsibility in uniting all our continents to protect our one and most fragile planet for future generations.

“The days spent at COP26 opened my eyes to the technologies of the future and the change in lifestyle choices necessary to preserve and maintain our planet.”



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“Winning the UK category in the Creative Earth category for the United Nations Climate Change Conference with my play ‘Mother Earth’ was so important because I am passionate about reducing global warming and climate change and the Conference COP 26 in Glasgow was an incredible experience.

“It was exciting to see my art exhibited at the world conference and I hope it will have an impact on the realization that all of our actions – what we eat, buy and do is affecting our planet. We all need to change our way of life. “



Alex Patterson, student at Foyle College, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Alex’s mother, Joanne, expressed the pride she and the rest of Alex’s family felt at this incredible opportunity.

She said: “The trip to 10 Downing Street was amazing. The Prime Minister spoke to Alex about his painting, asked him what mediums were used and where the inspiration came from.

“He was then presented with a watercolor of Downing Street. He said he absolutely loved both pieces and especially at Alex’s age how brilliant his talent is.”

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Kayleen C. Rice